In addition to his work as an artist, Ben Goldman has had an extensive and wide-ranging career as an activist, public policy expert, author, and entrepreneur. His doctorate is in public administration, and his work has led to a landmark First Amendment judicial decision (Federal Election Commission v. Political Contributions Data Inc., 943 F.2d 190, 2d Cir. 1991), a Presidential Executive Order (No. 12898 in 1994).
He has organized communities and interest groups across America for more than two decades in roles including grassroots leader, political candidate, professor, co-founder and director of several national and local organizations, and consultant to dozens of governmental, non-profit, and for-profit establishments. Since turning full-time to making art, his advocacy work has focused on building arts organizations and helping communities where he lives and works